St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 19, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team opens the season ranked No. 6 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings, as announced Thursday by the Association.
Defending national champion Emory as the top-ranked team in Division III. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 2), Middlebury (No. 3), Bowdoin (No. 4), Wesleyan (No. 5), WashU (No. 6), Williams (No. 7), Amherst (No. 8), Chicago (No. 9) and Carnegie Mellon (No. 10) comprise the Top 10.
Head coach Roger Follmer is in his 17th season on the Danforth Campus and has a career record of 292-91 (.762). Follmer guided the Bears to an 18-5 overall record a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 11th-straight season.
WashU returns nine letterwinners from 2016-17, and added five freshmen to the roster. The Bears return seven starters to the lineup, including three all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selections from last year. Sophomore Bernardo Neves earned second-team all-UAA honors at No. 3-5 singles and at No. 3 doubles with junior Radha Vishnubhotla. Sophomore J.J. Kroot was also a two-time all-UAA selection, earning second-team honors with Jeremy Bush at No. 2 doubles and honorable-mention accolades at No. 6 singles.
The Bears open the spring season on Saturday, Feb. 10, against NCAA Division II No. 14 Southwest Baptist. The match starts at 6 p.m. at Creve Coeur Racquet Club. The Bears are scheduled to have 11 matches against teams ranked in the top-40.
The next set of national rankings will be released on March 1, 2018.